Jambo Jambo African Restaurant

93 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW

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Jambo Jambo is an Ethiopian restaurant, serving cuisines that are normally served in Ethiopia. Don’t be fooled with the size of the place, because it actually goes all the way back, accomodating to small-large groups comfortably. The interior was beautifully lavished with colour, quite entertaining actually, seeing works I believe was from Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.

The menu is filled with meat and vegetarian options, meat such as lamb, beef, goat and chicken. There’s actually quite a bit of items that are spicy or hot, which I think really makes their dishes come alive. We ordered the Jambo Course, which allowed us to choose up to 3 dishes, comes with a mixed entree and dessert afterwards. I found this super interesting and enjoyable, got to use our hands to break off chapati and fill it with our chosen meats! I highly recommend you ordering this, which is perfect for 2 people.

Service was quick, efficient, explained what items we had and I recommend you asking the team for recommendations if it’s your first time. The owner came out and kindly checked up on all the customers dinning, which I found was lovely. I’d love to come back, maybe with a larger group next time!

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Red Pepper

4a Lyons Street, Strathfield NSW

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Located inside Strathfield’s Sports Club, you will find an abundance of seating area, inside and in its courtyard. Generously lit with plenty  of sunlight, you could be sitting here for a good 1-2 hours, devouring down on their fried chickens!

They have a wide selection of tasty fried chickens to choose from, from memory about 10-12 different toppings can be selected. I do appreciate that you can have the boneless option, for an added $2-3 from the large portion. You can choose whether you want the regular or large portion. We got the creamy onion chicken, which was definitely creamy and had plenty of onions to top it off! The topping did however just sat on top, which for some people they don’t mind that, but I like when the sauce is absorbed. This was on the more sweeter side, which complimented the fried chicken. E then proceeded to get the hot and spicy gangjung. I don’t know how this tasted, because I stay away from spicy food, but I do remember E enjoyed this quite a bit!

Service was great, efficient and speedy! You do get the sides as well, though it is less traditional and less in portion, compared to when visiting Korean restaurants/BBQ. There’s a cafe right next to Red Pepper, if you fancy yourself a coffee or fruit drink. I do remember seeing some tasty cakes too!

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Bekya

1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge NSW 2037

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Highly recommend visiting during the weekdays when its is not too busy and when the sun is out! Bekya’s interior fits perfectly with the open space of the Tramsheds, be sure to check out the other dinners there.

I don’t get much of an opportunity to eat Middle Eastern cuisines, as there isn’t much out west. Bekya was a great introduction to the food offerings at Tramshed, locally sourced which makes a whole lot of difference to its quality. Family recipes are used with a blend of old and modern food techniques.

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Billy Kwong

1/28 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011

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 I have heard of this name previously, and since I was in the area it was perfect timing to drop by! Just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross station, you will find yourself submerged in the upbeat and cosy feel of this Chinese restaurant.

I love open kitchen concepts, it brings entertainment to your table as well as excitement. Billy Kwong uses this in its layout flawlessly, where E and I sat at the bar watching the chefs do their magic, whilst sipping through their delicious drinks menu. The price point is normal, from $17 upwards to $48, and the dishes came out timely. Friendly staff and made you feel welcome.

We were treated to flavoursome dishes, that highlights the mixture of Australian and Chinese ingredients. The main notes I experienced were the peppery, salty, sour and sweet notes in each dish and I wished I had a larger stomach to keep going through their menu! Their wontons were to die for and their spicy omelette was soft, crisp and heavenly. The pictures I took are a bit dim, so it doesn’t fully capture the presentation but it isn’t short of amazing. I almost forgot… their green matcha gelato is the best I’ve tasted, two scoopes was not enough!

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Gojima

The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009

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Burgers, chicken, sushi, frozen custard and fries, this joint gives Sydney a nod towards bringing about contemporary food to Aus! Without losing the interest of Sydney-siders with their love of burgers, chef Chase Kojima brings his flavours of Japan. The burgers are twisted to accomodate rice and seaweed, instead of a bun.

The insides are just as flavoursome such as, not limited to, Angus beef, fresh vegetables, kingfish, katsu mushroom and topped with their ‘special sauce’. My experience was good, I loved their fries which was topped with Umami salt. I’m a slow eater, so I did find by the end my cheese burger was a tad soggy at the bottom. That did not deter the taste however, I have yet to taste their frozen custards mmm.

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RATE: 3/5

La Mesa

Level 1, 19 Goulburn St. Haymarket, Sydney NSW 2000

First thing you’ll notice is the entrance, it honestly looked so secretive. Steep stairs upwards and in a way it reminded me of home entrances in the Philippines.

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A friend remarked how it reminded him of a Filippino home, with it’s wooden , mis-matched furniture and distinctive interior. You’ve got long, short tables with couches with some. I was truly amazed at how bustling this restaurant was! In Sydney, I find that Filippino cuisines have more difficulty breaking into the foodie market. La Mesa makes me hopeful.

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On a busy night, I believe maybe they should’ve placed more wait-staff due to the wait time some patrons experienced. Our orders, came though unluckily one of my mate’s order was forgotten… At the end, I’ll like to say thank you so much for letting us do the spilt billings!

The food was great, my particular favourite of the night was the Kare Kare dish that came in a cute black bowl. I had a few spoons of the peanut sauce and it imprinted an ever-lasting memory haha. Wide variety of traditional dishes, some even I have never heard of. Prices are moderately priced. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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RATE: 3/5

Lyton Noodle House

8 Lyton Street, Blacktown NSW 2418

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This would be E and I’s go to place, when we get sick and bored of the other eateries in the area. Plus, the lady who serves us has extremely great customer service! Oh and I think we go way too many times, that she said to us one time “where have you both been?” haha.

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Monday through to Sunday, you will be served an array of dishes that is a mix of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. Inside you’ll be welcomed by designs of either Thai or Vietnamese ornaments, that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to an asian local eatery but at the same time keeping the Western Sydney vibe. Their menu ranges from about  $5 up towards about $16 – affordable and wait until you taste their dishes, it’s freaking delicious. From stir fries, quails, seafoods ($2 extra), salads, curry and soups, it will cater.

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Spring roll $6 – 6 pack that’s filled with crab meat, prawn, shallots, black pepper wrapped in crispy pastry, it’s one dish I always order

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Pad See Ew (Seafood) $ 9.50 – size small, it’s absolutely enough to fill me, it’s jam packed with vegetables, egg and stir-fried sauce

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Lyton Soft Shell Crab $15 – it’s stir-fried with vegetables, E seemed to like it! 

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Coconut Juice $4

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Thai Milk Tea $4 – I always look forward to ordering this. It’s not too sweet

RATE: 3/5